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  • Principal Van Wijk

    Hello Rainier View Families,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It is with great pride and excitement that I will be starting my third year as Principal of Rainier View Elementary School.  I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such history, pride and a rich tradition in education! For those of you who are just becoming a part of the RVW Family- WELCOME. I have been dedicated to the field of education over sixteen years. I have worked with a variety of students' ranging in age from Preschool through Middle School.  My passion for education and supporting the success of all scholars has been shaped over the years from my being a middle school teacher, becoming an Instructional Coach and starting my administrative journey in Federal Way. I have sought to ensure the success of each student and the school, by providing the best instructional, extracurricular opportunities and supports possible. Similarly, it is my number one priority at RVW to ensure that every scholar receives a well-rounded education. I am eager to continue bringing my skills as an educational leader to Rainier View and be a part of this family for many more years.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     A well-rounded education means outstanding instruction from top-notch teachers, as well as extracurricular opportunities and supports that enable scholars to develop character, cultivate passions, and explore the world outside of the classroom. I am committed to ensuring that students needs and interests help shape instruction and extracurricular opportunities. Through this shared commitment to learning, I am excited to see our learners are engaged in other areas that peak student interest and passion. I am thrilled to be a part of the Eagle Family and look forward to collaborating with each of you as we work in partnership to meet the needs of our scholars to ensure their success.  Our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Carla Carrizosa and I look forward to partnering with our staff, families, and school community for a wonderful 2020-2021 school year!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Alongside the teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established by Rainier View. I will do this by building strong relationships with parents, students and community partners. We will focus on character education initiatives, Common Core Standards, the use of data to drive instruction, and to provide consistent implementation of the curriculum in a rigorous manner so that we can continue to increase all of our students' achievements. I believe that the Federal Way Public Schools Strategic Plan provides a solid foundation upon which our staff will build equity, high academic and social-emotional success for all scholars. Everything we do this year will align with the Federal Way Strategic Plan. We will focus on Goal Two Whole Child: Thriving confident responsible individuals and Goal Four Mastery of all subjects.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Although this year may look a little different than most of our previous school years it is going to be amazing! We will continue to provide academic experiences for our scholars that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections. In continuing our work on Goal 2, Whole Child our focus will be Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) to foster a kind, responsive and learning focused climate. We are energized to strengthen our PBIS expectations. This will include school wide expectations and procedures for all staff, scholars and families to share, which ensures a safe, kind and productive learning environment for everyone. Goal 4 Mastery of Content is where we will build on the progress we have made toward supporting each scholar in meeting or exceeding in their grade level.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors-teachers, students and parents are excited to be here!  This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment.  Thus, ensuring that each one of our scholars will have a voice, a dream, and a bright future.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lastly, again thank you for entrusting the RVW Staff with your most precious treasure, your child. My door is always open and I welcome your input.  Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year. I look forward to working with you as a team to help each scholar at Rainier View meet their goals and have a successful school year. 2020-2021 here we come!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LySander Collins                                                                                                                                                                                            Principal Rainier View Elementary                                                                                                                                                                    lcollins@fwps.org                 


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